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To Clear Away the Shadows

RCN Series, Book 13
Written by: David Drake
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Publisher's Summary

NEW ENTRY IN DAVID DRAKE'S LANDMARK RCN SERIES  

ADVENTURES BEYOND THE EDGE OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE  

The truce between Cinnabar and the Alliance is holding, and the Republic of Cinnabar Navy is able to explore regions of the galaxy without the explorers being swept up in great power conflict.  

The Far Traveller is probing sponge space to open routes for Cinnabar traders - and for RCN warships if war breaks out again. But besides astrogation, the Far Traveller is to survey and catalog life forms on the worlds it touches.  

Harry Harper has just been posted to the Traveller. He's an RCN officer by convention, a scientist by training - and a member of one of leading aristocratic families on Cinnabar by birth.  

Lieutenant Rick Grenville would rather serve on a warship in the heart of battle, but peace and the whim of the Navy Board have put him on an exploration vessel instead. He finds that the dangers on the fringes of civilization are just as great as those from missiles and gunfire that he expected to face.  

As internal struggles cause the Alliance to relax its iron grip, regional forces are attempting to increase their own power - and they're not fussy about the means they use.  

Besides the biological answers that officials on Cinnabar expect the Far Traveller to find, the ship's Director of Science, Doctor Veil, has her own agenda: to learn more about the Archaic Spacefarers who roamed the universe tens of thousands of years before humans reached the stars.  

The crew of the Far Traveller is poised to clear more of the shadows away from the deep past than ever before in human history - if they survive.  

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).  

Praise for prequel Though Hell Should Bar the Way:  

Though Hell Should Bar the Way is vastly entertaining, a tale that demonstrates Drake’s skill as an author, illustrating why Drake is one of the best living science fiction authors today." (The Daily News of Galveston County)

©2019 David Drake (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Dennis Jameson
  • 2019-07-04

I want my Capt. Leary, RCN back!

This is more like the Chronicle's of HMS Beagle than HMS Lydia. It wasn't awful, just not what I expected. At the conclusion my reaction was more "So what?" than "When's the next installment!"

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  • Daniel Dienesch
  • 2019-06-27

love the RCN series, but this?

So, Daniel and Adele aren't even linking characters in this book. they don't appear at all. it's the same setting, same astethtic. I got past that, because I like the new characters, but it was a bit disappointing.

it also ends really abruptly, making the whole book feel incomplete.

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  • John C. Owicki
  • 2019-06-24

pointless

I can't figure out what the author was trying to accomplish with this extremely weakly plotted book. I love the other entries in the RCN series, which I would generally rate a solid four stars.

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  • KDW
  • 2019-06-13

Needlessly confusing

This book appears to have two protagonists and is presented in first person by both. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to distinguish when there is a switch from the personal narrative of one protagonist to the other. The protagonists are both young males on a star ship who operate in the same environment with the same supporting characters at the same time. I assume the chapter tiles of the physical book are marked as to which protagonist is featured but the performer of the book doesn't read any chapter titles. This results in a confusing, disjointed and jerky experience. I am a great fan of Mr. Drake's work and think it is a shame that the performance of what might have been another great book is so damaged by the mere omission of chapter headings.

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  • Linda Luella
  • 2019-06-17

Not sure where the series is going.....

Daniel Leary isn't even around in this story but I enjoyed it anyway.....or maybe because Leary and Mindy are apparently on vacation. The new main character is sympathetic and well written. I'm just interested to know if the author has any idea what he's doing with this series. Good thing he's a solid writer!